26,000 Chicago teachers walked off the job this week, leaving
parents scrambling to cope with the 400,000 students that will be
staying home and setting a dangerous precedent.
Steve Gunn of the Education Action Group Foundation (EAG) says
Mayor Rahm Emmanuel (D) and the Board of Education are giving in to
outrageous union demands, which sets a dangerous precedent for
other large urban communities.
"The union got what it wanted as far as not having to put in
anymore work to make up for the longer school day," Gunn reports.
"They're going to get their huge raise. The school board already
gained way on merit pay; they backed away from their demand for a
merit-based system to reward outstanding teachers."
And the EAGnews.org editor-in-chief contends that the union's
president, Karen Lewis, is making an absurd assumption about
"I saw Karen Lewis on a television news program this morning,
essentially saying that poverty and the culture in many Chicago
neighborhoods are the reason why these students can't learn and
that teachers shouldn't be held accountable as long as poverty
still exists," Gunn relays.
The city's 118 charter schools are not affected by the